It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of our Diversity Programme today, which is led by our new Women in FinTech initiative for 2018-19.
We firmly believe that developing a more inclusive environment is at the heart of our commitment to supporting a more representative and sustainable financial services sector in the UK. We have spent time talking and listening to the women in our industry, and we have found an over-whelming desire to see practical, hands-on solutions to both continue awareness raising and deliver mechanisms for change.
It is imperative we talk about and continue to highlight the business, commercial and cultural benefits of greater diversity in the workplace throughout an organisation, either for smaller startups or larger institutions. To achieve more diversity in financial services and FinTech, we need both a top-down, and crucially, a bottom-up approach to talent development, looking not only at industry but also education and schooling, as well as support from government.
I encourage you to participate in the Women in FinTech initiative, which includes workshops, webinars and activities designed to provide a mix of learning opportunities and community building.
While we are kick-starting our diversity initiative with Women in FinTech, we intend to broaden this out in due course.